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I met Melissa in the rubber room, a.k.a. in-school suspension. And that’s not her real name. She had secrets, I had enemies. “People are either useful or dangerous,” she said. “One or the other.” “Which one am I?” I said. “You’re both.” Meili was right. (That’s her real name.) You can solve a lot of problems if you don’t mind getting hurt. Jason Wilder is in permanent in-school s I met Melissa in the rubber room, a.k.a. in-school suspension. And that’s not her real name. She had secrets, I had enemies. “People are either useful or dangerous,” she said. “One or the other.” “Which one am I?” I said. “You’re both.” Meili was right. (That’s her real name.) You can solve a lot of problems if you don’t mind getting hurt. Jason Wilder is in permanent in-school suspension for fighting. Meili Wen gets there by breaking a girl’s finger. Jason and Meili don’t just connect; they collide. Two people who would never cross paths―outsiders from radically different backgrounds―they form an exhiliarating, unpredictable bond. When circumstances push, they push back. There’s no plan. And there’s no stopping. "I am so crap. How can you stand being with me? Don’t answer that or I will crash this thing with both of us on it, swear to god, are you ready?” Yes. No. Didn’t matter. I reached both arms around Meili’s waist as we zoomed down the hill.


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I met Melissa in the rubber room, a.k.a. in-school suspension. And that’s not her real name. She had secrets, I had enemies. “People are either useful or dangerous,” she said. “One or the other.” “Which one am I?” I said. “You’re both.” Meili was right. (That’s her real name.) You can solve a lot of problems if you don’t mind getting hurt. Jason Wilder is in permanent in-school s I met Melissa in the rubber room, a.k.a. in-school suspension. And that’s not her real name. She had secrets, I had enemies. “People are either useful or dangerous,” she said. “One or the other.” “Which one am I?” I said. “You’re both.” Meili was right. (That’s her real name.) You can solve a lot of problems if you don’t mind getting hurt. Jason Wilder is in permanent in-school suspension for fighting. Meili Wen gets there by breaking a girl’s finger. Jason and Meili don’t just connect; they collide. Two people who would never cross paths―outsiders from radically different backgrounds―they form an exhiliarating, unpredictable bond. When circumstances push, they push back. There’s no plan. And there’s no stopping. "I am so crap. How can you stand being with me? Don’t answer that or I will crash this thing with both of us on it, swear to god, are you ready?” Yes. No. Didn’t matter. I reached both arms around Meili’s waist as we zoomed down the hill.

30 review for Wilder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jaden

    I really enjoyed this book!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dave Bradley

    This book is agonizing and beautiful without ever really trying to be. It just is. There's a level of honesty in it that I don't see in much other fiction, especially the other contemporary YA novels that I've read. The characters are comprised less of quirks and more of genuine humanity. I really haven't read a book that made me feel this way in a long time. It's not always happy, if ever, and it's not tragic, either. There's elements of both. It just feels painfully real.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    A definite swerve at the end, although I can't say the narrator didn't warn us of this from the beginning. A strange read, but I was pulled in by the characters and along for the ride.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    Jason Wilder is spending his senior year in the Rubber Room, AKA in-school suspension. He landed there because he is considered to be a danger to his peers ... he is, after all, an arsonist, but he’d tell you otherwise. Jason wiles away the hours reading fantasy novels and not actually doing any of the schoolwork assigned to him. That is, until the mysterious Meili walks into the room. The only thing Jason knows about Meili is that she ended up in the Rubber Room for breaking another girl’s fing Jason Wilder is spending his senior year in the Rubber Room, AKA in-school suspension. He landed there because he is considered to be a danger to his peers ... he is, after all, an arsonist, but he’d tell you otherwise. Jason wiles away the hours reading fantasy novels and not actually doing any of the schoolwork assigned to him. That is, until the mysterious Meili walks into the room. The only thing Jason knows about Meili is that she ended up in the Rubber Room for breaking another girl’s finger. As Jason finds himself strangely drawn to this unusual girl, he feels like he is falling down the rabbit hole. Meili is wayward and enigmatic ... and everything Jason needs in his messed-up life right now. Andrew Simonet makes his YA fiction debut with Wilder, a novel that explores what happens when troubled boy meets extraordinary girl. As the book cover and Jason forewarn, this isn’t a love story with a fairy tale ending. No, rather, this is one enormous crash and burn ... but that’s the beauty of it. When I began Wilder, I was instantly worried that this was going to be another of those YA novels that is trying too hard to be edgy, unique, and quirky. Meili is an over-the-top character, and she can be a bit much to swallow in the beginning. My opinions quickly changed after a few chapters though as I found myself captivated by Jason and Melii’s story. I was especially intrigued by Jason’s character and the way he sees himself and how he navigates the world. He isn’t your typical male protagonist, and I found him refreshing and sympathetic. If you’re thinking of reading Wilder, put on your seat belt (or in this case, motorcycle helmet), because this is one crazy ride complete with jail time, insane parties, rowdy fistfights, international crime, and two teenagers drawn to each other like moths to a flame. What makes Wilder so good, however, is not the wild drama packed within this novel’s pages, but rather the fragile human elements of this story. When you turn down the noise, Wilder is hopeful, and tragic, and so very very beautiful. Don’t think you have this one all figured out because like the cover states, “She swerves. So do I. So does this story.” Are you ready? Thanks to NetGalley & Farrar Strauss Giroux for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Martina Urbanová

    Viem, že kniha sa mi snažila povedať niečo naozaj dôležité, avšak hovorila mi to takým podivne mätúcim spôsobom, že som si nakoniec z čítania odniesla len poznatok, že hlavný hrdina bol najskôr blázon, ktorý sa rád rozpráva sám so sebou a predstiera pri tom, že sa vlastne rozpráva s jednou určitou osobou. (Ale prvá tretina bola fakt super. Veľmi ironická. Veľmi zábavná.)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    review to come.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)

    DNF at 17% I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product. My reoccurring thought: What the fuck? Wilder was crazy and extremely convoluted. It was often difficult to follow their conversations, because they were random and bounced all over the place. I could tell the author was trying to build suspense, and I'm sure there would have been a big reveal DNF at 17% I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product. My reoccurring thought: What the fuck? Wilder was crazy and extremely convoluted. It was often difficult to follow their conversations, because they were random and bounced all over the place. I could tell the author was trying to build suspense, and I'm sure there would have been a big reveal later on, but I didn't want to stick around to find out. Melissa, Meili, or whatever her name actually is, was condescending and evasive. The girl's secrets had secrets. She's supposedly in danger, but seems to be the only person that doesn't care. She's brash and abrasive, combative and cruel. “You’d do alright in a thong, wouldn’t you? Make a fortune dancing at a gay club. Is there one in town?” Neither character was relatable, but Wilder was desperate and eager to please the girl he'd just met. He knows nothing about Meili, but he's willing to do whatever she asks him to. I think he would have chopped of his hand just to see her smile for a few seconds. She seriously treated him like garbage, and he kept trying to make her happy. "And you’re very cute for blushing. I mean, it would be cute if you were twelve. At your age, it’s a bit sad, isn’t it?” Why was he so obsessed with her from the beginning? He should have had more respect for himself. Wilder and Meili had a toxic and extremely unhealthy relationship. She would ignore him at school, turn down his offer to hang out, and then show up unexpectedly at his house. She was constantly changing her mind, and I honestly don't think even she knew what she really wanted. However, she was more than happy to take someone else down with her. Also, where the hell did Manny come from? He was abusive and threatening, but only because he "cared" about Melissa. Apparently, the two share the same dark secret, so he's being a protective douche canoe, but dude was aggressive. He also went from being Wilder's best buddy to his worst enemy in a single conversation. It was like watching someone play ping pong, but with a grenade instead of a ball. In the end, my annoyance outweighed my curiosity. I was tempted to skip to the end just to see what their secrets were, but I had no desire to share that experience with them. Originally posted at Do You Dog-ear? on November 30, 2018.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Lyn

    Jason's life is literal hell. He is the school outcast and is in permanent in school suspension. He has to spend his days in a no longer used classroom, which has been dubbed the Rubber Room. He can't talk to anyone, he can't take any "weapons" with him, He just has to sit there, shut up and do his work. His boring days change when the new "foreign" girl gets put in the rubber room for breaking a popular girls finger. They connect and form a bond when they shouldn't be associating at all. As the Jason's life is literal hell. He is the school outcast and is in permanent in school suspension. He has to spend his days in a no longer used classroom, which has been dubbed the Rubber Room. He can't talk to anyone, he can't take any "weapons" with him, He just has to sit there, shut up and do his work. His boring days change when the new "foreign" girl gets put in the rubber room for breaking a popular girls finger. They connect and form a bond when they shouldn't be associating at all. As the story goes along, we find out that "Melissa" has a lot of deep dark secrets and she can not be found out by the cops or any one of importance. Jason just can't let her go and he forms a very quick and intense relationship with her. he has a lot of problems of his own. Being the town arsonist is a lot to handle, not to mention the many assault cases he has. This story was not what I was expecting at all. I thought it would end up being about some troubled kid who finally gets things to go right after learning, but nope. I then expected some of "Melissa's" family to be behind all of her disastrous family drama. Maybe a kidnapping. I also did not expect all the sex scenes. WHAT!!!! But I should have expected it from two teenagers who are alone with no parents or guardians. I give this a 4 out of 5 stars because the expectations I had were no where near what actually happened. I also felt like Jason had some sort of Norman Bates type personality... maybe.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review 3.5 stars. This book was highly entertaining, and I thoroughly enjoyed the characters of Jason Wilder and Meili; however, I felt like it was really lacking a punch or sense of urgency the first half of the book. This really led me to be underwhelmed and I struggled staying committed to the text. The second half had much better pacing and conflicts, and I felt a stronger sense of urgency about Jason's issues related to his Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review 3.5 stars. This book was highly entertaining, and I thoroughly enjoyed the characters of Jason Wilder and Meili; however, I felt like it was really lacking a punch or sense of urgency the first half of the book. This really led me to be underwhelmed and I struggled staying committed to the text. The second half had much better pacing and conflicts, and I felt a stronger sense of urgency about Jason's issues related to his nonexistent parents and how they contributed to his issues in school.. Plus, the book has a seriously sexy element about it...the nerdy boy who really isn't all that bad, falling for the exotic bad girl. I do think it is a bit too racy for my students, yet I think the themes are perfect for so many of my students, especially those at-risk. I like that Jason is brave and puts his heart out there, even though it is obviously been broken by his parents. I think it is a solid book, but probably best for ages 16 and up.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    This is a hard book to characterize. I had the feeling from the first page that everything was a bit off and that there was more that I didn't know ... and was I ever right. I really got into Jason. He was an interesting, sympathetic and slightly tragic figure that had me rooting for him. Meili didn't appeal so much but I did find her intriguing. The story was an absorbing read that moved right along and the ending was an eye-opener. I have to say that this was an enjoyable book that left me som This is a hard book to characterize. I had the feeling from the first page that everything was a bit off and that there was more that I didn't know ... and was I ever right. I really got into Jason. He was an interesting, sympathetic and slightly tragic figure that had me rooting for him. Meili didn't appeal so much but I did find her intriguing. The story was an absorbing read that moved right along and the ending was an eye-opener. I have to say that this was an enjoyable book that left me somewhat shaken. I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Wilder was truly a wild ride. It kept you involved and trying to figure out how it would end. One of those crazy relationship stories with extra mysterious twists. The back jacket says ages 12-18, but I disagree. There is explicit sex and violence. Not one to buy for the school library, but fine for a young adult who's into some shit anyway. (I received this in a goodreads giveaway.)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lorrie Kim

    A strange book, and that's a compliment. The main character, almost-adult white male Jason, is carefully drawn, offbeat and occasionally lacking in self-awareness in a way that is utterly real. I appreciated the compelling character Meili, who was complex and immediate in a way that felt recognizably female and Asian to me. Confident writing, oddly haunting.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Review to come.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Terri

  15. 5 out of 5

    Renee Ting

  16. 4 out of 5

    Constantine

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jada

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  20. 5 out of 5

    Karen Reed

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anika

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle Prendergast

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review 3.5 stars. This book was highly entertaining, and I thoroughly enjoyed the characters of Jason Wilder and Meili; however, I felt like it was really lacking a punch or sense of urgency the first half of the book. This really led me to be underwhelmed and I struggled staying committed to the text. The second half had much better pacing and conflicts, and I felt a stronger sense of urgency about Jason's issues related to his Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review 3.5 stars. This book was highly entertaining, and I thoroughly enjoyed the characters of Jason Wilder and Meili; however, I felt like it was really lacking a punch or sense of urgency the first half of the book. This really led me to be underwhelmed and I struggled staying committed to the text. The second half had much better pacing and conflicts, and I felt a stronger sense of urgency about Jason's issues related to his nonexistent parents and how they contributed to his issues in school.. Plus, the book has a seriously sexy element about it...the nerdy boy who really isn't all that bad, falling for the exotic bad girl. I do think it is a bit too racy for my students, yet I think the themes are perfect for so many of my students, especially those at-risk. I like that Jason is brave and puts his heart out there, even though it is obviously been broken by his parents. I think it is a solid book, but probably best for ages 16 and up.

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